Project: ff8bf2ad-d311-4a91-97f8-7c40e8cb170e

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Project Title
Permafrost Database Development, Characterization, and Mapping for Northern Alaska
The Arctic LCC and Alaska Climate Science Center have partnered with UAF to develop a new landscape-level (1:1,000,000 scale) permafrost map for northern Alaska.
Point of Contact(s)
LCC Network Data Steward
LCC Network Data Manager
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Torre Jorgenson
2332 Cordes Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
V: +1 907 4556374
Mikhail Kanevskiy
Research Assistant Professor
237 Duckering Bldg
PO Box 755910
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
V: +1 907 4741905

Project Abstract

Information on the nature and distribution of permafrost is critical to assessing the response of Arctic ecosystems to climate change, because thawing permafrost under a warming climate will cause thaw settlement and affect micro-topography, surface water redistribution and groundwater movement, soil carbon balance, trace gas emissions, vegetation changes, and habitat use. While a small-scale regional permafrost map is available, as well as information from numerous site-specific large-scale mapping projects, landscape-level mapping of permafrost characteristics is needed for regional modeling and climate impact assessments. The project addresses this need by: (1) compiling existing soil/permafrost data from available sources to create a region-wide permafrost database; (2) providing detailed descriptions of permafrost characteristics by terrain units; (3) developing permafrost maps through revision and attribution of an existing landscape-level map; (4) developing a prototype larger scale terrain unit map for a small area to evaluate methods and costs; (5) developing rule-based maps of permafrost vulnerability, and (6) distributing the database and maps through the Geographic Information Network for Alaska (GINA) website.

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Project Keywords

  • ISO 19115 Topic Category (isoTopicCategory):
    • environment,
    • geoscientificInformation
  • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords (theme):
    • SOILS
  • End User Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC End User Type):
    • Policy makers & regulators,
    • Academics & scientific researchers,
    • Interested public
  • Project Category - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Project Category):
    • Data Management and Integration,
    • Data Acquisition and Development
  • Deliverable Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Deliverable):
    • Datasets/Database,
    • Report

Associated Products

ID Title Metadata Link
931e37ac-74ef-4d90-b901-313317c35189 Northern Alaska Landscape/Permafrost GIS files mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML
799327da-a2f9-41f4-a25d-31528bc4a2ae Permafrost Soils Database for Northern Alaska mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML
aca3ad4a-af01-4333-b524-10f98405be56 Permafrost Characterization and Mapping for Northern Alaska Final Report mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML